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Rev. Billy Graham…Nov. 7, 1918 – Feb 21, 2018

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-02-2018


I feel as though I have lost a great friend. I never met him, but I attended about three of his crusades, but his preaching was just so personal. From the first time I heard him to the last time, I was always touched and moved by his sermons. I watched many of his crusades on television, never growing tired of his message. America’s pastor is the name some have given him and I certainly would agree with that. But I think he also had a very world wide appeal and acceptance as a man of God. The  article I read this morning said that he preached to about 215 million people in 185 countries. That is amazing. I am glad we got to enjoy him for so many years. Truly a man blessed by God.

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The first Billy Graham Crusade that I attended was at Denny Stadium on the University of Alabama campus in the early Sixties when I was a student there. As soon as Billy Graham walked upon the platform and approached the podium, the bottom fell out of the clouds. Billy ran for cover underneath a hastily erected plastic sheet, and the crusade was eventually cancelled. I was disappointed; but, at least, Billy made it rain, which is probably not a difficult thing to do in Tuscaloosa. I have since attended the crusade in Raleigh in 1974 that was held in the NC State football stadium when I was a student at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. This was a three-night crusade, and I saw many, many people get up and to begin walking as soon as Dr. Graham gave the invitation. It was a moving sight. I’ve watched innumerable crusades on television. I almost forgot. When I was working in Richmond, Virginia, I drove down to Knoxville, Tennessee to attend the Crusade in Neyland Stadium on the University of Tennessee campus in 1970. When I got there, the stadium was dark. I later found out that my information was wrong, and I had missed the crusade by a week. Oh well! It was a beautiful drive down Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley anyway. I truly liked Billy Graham, and my greatest wish in life is to someday be able to preach the Word of God one thousandth as well as he could.

I understand that I’m not batting a real good average having have missed two out of three crusades that I’ve been fortunate to attend, but the one in Raleigh was a three-night crusade, and I was present all three nights. I believe that made up for my hard luck on the other two. It was the first time that I’ve ever been inside a football stadium three nights in a row, and not see a football, but the Spirit of the Lord was flying high each time.

He was my favorite all time minister….A great man of God. I hope we have more of his quality available to preach soon.

I finally read a decent suggestion on Facebook last Friday that that a national holiday should be made to honor the Rev. Billy Graham on his birthday in February in addition to the one honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King in January. I think that is a good idea, but I am afraid it will never happen because one-third to one-half of the population of the United States would consider that racist. Billy Graham himself probably would not like the idea since he was interested in ideas that would unite the population, not divide it.

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